Championships first for Esports Academy

Barnsley College’s Esports Academy has begun its journey in the British Esports Championships, making the students involved the first to represent the College in a weekly video gaming competition.

Students played popular games Overwatch and Rocket League in group stage matches against Wyke Sixth Form College, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, and Carmel College – registering two wins and one defeat.

The British Esports Championships is a video gaming competition for students aged 12+ in schools and colleges across the UK. The aim of the Championships is to improve social, behavioural and communication skills amongst students.

Kalam Neale, Sport Curriculum Lead and Esports Course Leader, said: “To give students the opportunity to compete in such an innovative and exciting tournament is a testament to the College’s commitment to providing sector leading experiences for students.

“The students were extremely excited ahead of the tournament and it is great to see how they are developing their communication and team-work skills within a competitive environment. We are looking forward to observing their development over the course of the season.”

Luke Needham, 19, Esports Academy captain, said: “The experience was great for team building. As new starters to the College we don’t know our strengths as a team that well, so bringing us together allowed us to get more out of each other and gain experience of playing competitively.

“I’ve done many competitions in the past but I’ve never had the experience of playing in the same room as my teammates. It was more fun and it meant we could communicate with each other easily. I’m hoping the experiences of playing for the College’s Esports Academy will help me get noticed as a player and open up industry opportunities such as streaming and YouTube.”


Last updated: 4th November 2019

Originally posted on: 1st November 2019